Friday, July 18, 2008

New Jersey: Intruder shot by homeowner in critical condition

Lakewood, New Jersey

From Newsday of July 18, 2008
Intruder shot by homeowner in critical condition

Police say a man who allegedly broke into a Lakewood home and was shot in the head by the owner remains in critical condition.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says 31-year-old Eric Tucker of Lakewood was shot by an elderly man who confronted him when he broke in through a kitchen window around 5 a.m. Friday.

Police have not released the homeowner's name, but say the gun used in the shooting was registered to him and that he called 911 to report the incident.

Two other men have been arrested and charged with burglary in connection with the break-in.

From Newsday of July 24, 2008
Burglary suspect who was shot in head dies

Authorities say a robbery suspect shot by a Lakewood homeowner last week has died.

Authorities say Eric Ticker was pronounced dead Wednesday, five days after the 31-year-old was shot in the head.

Police say Tucker climbed through a window to get into the home. Because of his injuries, he was not charged.

Two other men are accused of burglary in the incident.

The 66-year-old homeowner who shot Tucker has not been charged with a crime. But authorities in Ocean County say their investigation is continuing.

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